What is the process used for unsafe buildings?
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 12:37 PM
I have noticed a lot of houses in bad condition in Crawfordsville.
I know the Board of Works acts from time to time to clean up those properties or to demolish them. What is the process used?
Concerned about Crawfordsville
We asked Kent Minnette, attorney for the city. He said it is a seven-step process:
1. An unsafe building order is issued by the code enforcement officer.
2. The order is served two ways -
a. The state has a prescribed way, which is followed.
b. The city also publishes a notice in the local newspaper so the owner can be notified if the letter or phone calls from the code enforcement officer don't reach the owner.
3. A public hearing is conducted.
4. The Board of Public Works and Safety can either affirm, rescind or modify the unsafe building order.
5. Notices of demolition are issued.
6. A notice of demolition is sent to the owner.
7. Bids are taken for demolition.
All this happens before the building is actually demolished and the time frame is usually 30-45 days after the public hearing in step three, though an emergency order can sometimes be granted in a shorter time.
If the Indiana Department of Environmental Management steps in, the process can take longer, Minnette said.